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March 2015

Pootling along...

Pootling perfectly describes my girl sewing at the moment. This does not mean that I am not working but the girls are the only interesting thing I have to show you (endless pics of illustrator on my computer screen aren't as cute!).

So the girls are gradually getting sewn and then they will be illustratored in order to become patterns.

In between sitting at a computer and stitching I'm fitting in home ed and even a trip to st ives where two brave members of our family played piano in a concert, despite shaking in their shoes!!

I had hoped to have the pattern finished over the weekend but now I'm realising that Sunday is Mother's Day so I think next week is a lot more likely. But at the moment I am still having fun with hair and pattern and colour.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and happy Mother's Day to all the uk mums out there.


Pootling along...

Pootling along...

Pootling along...

caravan sampler update

Caravan sampler etsy main pic

The caravan samplers are finally back in my shop.  I was a little nervous of a stark white at first but it really makes your colours pop so I'm really happy with the finished caravan.

The design is a little larger than the previous caravan samplers and because having them professionally printed has saved me so much time they are a tiny bit cheaper (£7).  They are printed on white 145gsm cotton and come with two colour guides (the bright pinks and a more subtle spring palette) and a few notes on the stitches I have used although I think part of the fun is choosing your own stitches and colours.

for some reason there is a strange pink line across the above pic but I'm relieved to say it doesn't exist on the actual embroidery!!  The mysteries of cameras!

Caravan sampler etsy pic

The spring colours are a little softer than they seem in this photograph, although that may just be my computer!

Bunting frost

I love stitching all the detail in this pattern.  I hope you enjoy it too


different colours same caravan

Full caravan

so I have spent a few lovely days listening to woman's hour and midweek along with lots of crime stories on the radio stitching away at my caravan.  

I had forgotten how long it takes to stitch but also how relaxing it all is.  I love dawdling over choosing colours and I'm really happy with this softer version.

Caravan chimney and vine

I love stitching the vines and leaves, I love drawing vines, leaves and flowers so stitching them feels like drawing with colours.

Caravan flowers and ferns

So here is the colour list for those who have the pattern (if you would like the caravan pattern it is available to purchase here).

Colour guide

DMC 3813 blue green - caravan outline, leaves on vines, flowers on caravan door

DMC 224 dusky pink - bands across caravan

DMC 745 yellow – door and window frame

DMC 648 soft beige - vase

DMC 822 stone – curtains and curtain pattern

Anchor 264 soft green – plant stems in vase and some grasses and flower stalks

DMC 772 darker soft green – ferns and some grasses

DMC 758 salmon pink - heart

DMC 962 darker pink – flower and bird

DMC 761 lighter pink – flower and bird and flower centres on door and chimney

DMC 958 stronger blue green – wheel and dragonflies

DMC 966 darker blue green – track under the caravan wheels

DMC 761 pale pink – bunting

Caravan window and vine

I realise that I've only used one anchor thread in amongst all those DMC threads!  You could swap it for a DMC soft green or just use the same green as the ferns if you can't get hold of anchor threads.

On Friday I will put the preprinted samplers into my Etsy shop (only a week late!).  These are printed onto a quilting weight (medium weight) cotton in white.  The lines are grey and clear but are covered easily using two strands of thread.  They come with the two colour guides but no threads, hoop or needle.  I will pop more info on here when I list them.

I hope you are all getting in a little relaxing stitching time.

And now back to beautiful spring time dog walking 

Dog walking

and stitching rainbow colours of hair

Goth girl pink



stitching time

3 Mar 2015

I was lucky enough to have a whole afternoon of stitching yesterday.  I was also lucky enough to have sunshine streaming through my window!  Making the whole thing feel a little like spring.  Admittedly I did also have a hot chocolate as our morning dog walk was more than a little cold (I think it even snowed briefly).  But sitting inside by the window (with the heating on) it felt like spring

3 Mar 2015

and so I enjoyed stitching with springtime colours, little curtains and a plant pot too.

Today is a much greyer day and I can feel the cold from outside even with the heating on but I'm going to put woman's hour on the iplayer and settle down with my stitching to get this caravan finally finished today

After that I am going to work on some colouring in pictures ignoring the cold grey wet outdoors.

I hope you are able to ignore the cold today or enjoy the sunshine depending on where in the world you are